New Radiant SC will host champions of India, Aizawl FC on Wednesday with coach Oscar Bruzon hoping to get a comfortable win to continue the good form of his side.
WHEN IS THE MATCH?
New Radiant v Aizawl FC match will be played at National Stadium, on Wednesday 14th March 2018. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 1600hours.
HOW ARE THEY QUALIFIED?
New Radiant SC qualified for the AFC Cup as the Champions of Dhivehi Premier League 2017. This is the 9th appearance of New Radiant in the AFC Cup. New Radiant has once reached the semifinal of the competition and once reached the quarterfinals of the AFC Cup.
Aizawl FC qualified as the Champions of 2016–17 I- League. This is the first time Aizawl FC will be featuring in the AFC Cup and are yet to advance beyond group stage.
CURRENT DOMESTIC FORM
New Radiant SC has played two games in the local season so far and has won both games without conceding a single goal. New Radiant has scored four goals in their first two domestic games. With the first match of AFC Cup 2018 against Dhaka Abahani, New Radiant has won all three games they played so far in this season and yet without conceding a single goal.
1- 3-0 vs TC Sports (Male League)
2- 1-0 vs Maziya (Male’ League)
3- 1-0 vs Dhaka Abahani (AFC Cup)
Aizawl won two of their last three games and lost one. They just finished I-League 2017-18 on as the fifth team.
1- 3-0 vs Arrows (I- League)
2- 0-2 vs Minerva (I-League)
3- 3-1 vs Gokulam (I-League)
New Radiant squad will be led by Captain Ali Alshfaq who is a well established name in South Asian football. Captain Ashfaq will be joined with Maldives top scorer for the last two years; Ali Fasir and playmaker Mohamed Umair. Goalkeeper Imran Mohamed and youngster Hamza Mohamed are also among the key players of New Radiant. Apart from the key local players, former Afghanistan captain Zohib Islam Amiri will be a high profile figure in the New Radiant team.
On the other hand, Aizawl FCs key players includes four foreigners. They are Alfred Kemah Jaryan from Liberia, Andrei Ionescu from Romania, Zikahi Leonce Dodz of Ivory Coast and Masih Saighani of Afghanistan.
Aizawl will be guided by Head Coach Santosh Kashyap. During his professional career, he has represented India and is known for his dangerous free-kicks. Previously, he has been youth coach at Mahindra United before they closed down & Mohun Bagan.
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Meanwhile, New Radaint Coach Oscar Bruzon is on the right track with his side having a 100% winning record for the last 20 games. He wants to continue with the good form of his side.
We are all happy about how things are turning out for us. We need to make good use of this sweet momentum
OTHER TEAMS IN THE GROUP
Indian powerhouse Bengaluru FC and Champions of Bangladesh, Dhaka Abahani are paired along with New Radiant and Aizawl FC in group E.